Sometimes when you’re having a dinner party cooking a full entree for dinner isn’t even necessary. Having plenty of delicious hors d’oeuvres and an appetizer spread is satisfying and fun. Guests can sample little tidbits and fill up on what they want. Save time and money by creating a smart, healthy and tasty menu. Busy moms, take note. There is an easier way to throw a fabulous party!
Here’s a sample menu to get you started. You can use these ideas or branch off on your own. Since this is dinner and people will be eating a bit more, you can figure that each person will probably eat one large plate full of food that will equal to about 8-10 items of food. So a regular plate may consist of a slie of brie en croute, a cluster of grapes, 3-4 pieces of cheese, 2 ham and swiss toasts, a couple bruschettas, and one or two of the meat items. Adjust accordingly if you know you’ll have hungry appetites coming.
Brie en Croute
Grapes and cheese
Ham and Swiss Toasts
Bruschetta is a great holiday hors d’oeuvre. It’s a mixture of tomato, olive oil and herbs that is spread atop toasted breads. For ham and swiss toasts, get small slices of deli rye, add onion, a slice of ham and swiss, and toast in the oven until melted.
Most of these hors d’oeuvres can be made in advance, such as the grape and cheese platter. Place fresh organic grapes on a tray and arrange a variety of sliced cheeses around it. Rye toasts or crackers on the side with jam make a good accompaniment.
Chicken Satay is a Thai recipe that uses marinated chicken kabobs dipped in peanut sauce. It can be made the day before and re-heated the day of the dinner party. Swedish meatballs can be made in a slow cooker the morning of the dinner and cooked all day, then simply placed on the table when ready to serve.
Brie en Croute is a fabulous appetizer and so easy to make. This appetizer is great during the holiday because it’s warm and festive. You’ll need:
1 wheel of brie
1 sheet of puff pastry
Egg white for washing
Jam or chutney, optional
Spread out the puff pastry in sheet form. Place the wheel of brie in the middle of the pastry. Spread the jam or chutney on top of the brie at this point, if you’re using it. Tuck up each corner of the puff pastry to the top of the brie and seal closed. Brush the sides of the pastry with the egg wash. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.